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Succession: Families, Property and Death, 5th edition

Succession: Families, Property and Death, 5th edition

Croucher, R; Vines, P, 2018

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Succession: Families, Property and Death, 5th edition is an essential resource on succession law for students and practitioners.


Format: Paperback


Succession: Families, Property and Death, 5th edition continues to set the standard in the approach to the study of succession law. Taking a strong theoretical and comparative focus, legal principles are set firmly in their historical and social context. Australian succession law is placed in its national and international setting, and considers social objectives of succession law as a basis for understanding and applying the rules. Including up-to-date commentary on case law and legislation, this revised edition also considers the impact of the Uniform Succession Laws project on the law in Australia.



• Authors are recognised experts in the field
• Multidisciplinary focus
• Online ancillary support materials for lecturers
• Clear, concise commentary on succession law principles, including references to relevant cases and legislation
• Extra material to engage and support students in their understanding of the material


Related Titles

Dal Pont & Mackie, Law of Succession, 2nd ed, 2017
De Groot & Nickel, Family Provision in Australia, 5th ed, 2016
Mackie, Principles of Australian Succession Law, 3rd ed, 2017
Vines, Quick Reference Card: Succession Law, 2010


Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM is President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to this, she was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission from 2009 to 2017. Professor Croucher has had a distinguished career in legal education, with more than 25 years in university teaching and management, including at Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, and the University of Sydney. She has lectured and published extensively, mainly in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history.

Professor Prue Vines is Professor, Director of First Year Studies and Co-Director of the Private Law Research and Policy Group in the Faculty of Law at UNSW. Professor Vines was also Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Law School, Scotland, from 2006 to 2017. She is the recipient of a number of teaching awards. Her research interests include torts, particularly negligence and apologies in civil liability, and succession law, including the impact of succession law on Indigenous people in Australia, and she has published widely in these areas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Context of Succession Law

1. What is Succession Law?
2. The Relationships of Succession: The ‘Family’
3. The Boundaries of the Law of Succession
4. Death, Bodies and Succession

Part 2: Intestacy

5. Where There is No Will – Intestacy

Part 3: Wills

6. The Testator’s Mind
7. The Formal Process
8. Dispensing with the Formalities
9. The Testator’s Changing Mind: Revocation and Alteration of Wills
10. Establishing the Text: Mistake and Rectification in the Probate Court
11. Establishing the Meaning
12. When Gifts Fail: Technical Rules
13. When Gifts Fail: Equitable Doctrines
14. Public Policy and Succession

Part 4: Family Provision

15. Family Provision

Part 5: Administration of the Estate

16. The Representatives
17. The Administration Process

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